Sports uniforms play up controversy

Drake Olson

Schools across the country share a common problem: enforcing the school dress code. Students constantly break the rules, with little thought to modesty issues.

Modesty is an issue that extends beyond everyday life into extra-curricular activities. Uniforms are necessary for school sports, yet they often contradict school dress codes and modesty standards.

For some, their sports attire poses no modesty issues.

?The [boys?] tennis team got new uniforms this year,? Derek George, ?06, said. ?They are cool looking and comfortable.?

However, athletes? views on their required uniforms vary from sport to sport.

?The [girls?] tennis uniforms this year were better than they were in years before,? Kara Linkowski, ?08, said. ?I like the fact that they are not all white. Obviously they have to be tighter than clothing for other sports, but when we are out on the court, dress code doesn?t affect us.?

Unisex uniforms often present problems for sports that include both genders.

?I like the track uniforms except for the shorts,? David Quenzer, ?07, said. ?The shorts are really short; they seem to me like girls? shorts.?

Students have different opinions on their uniforms? look and style. The tightness of the uniforms often affects their opinions.

?I don?t really like the volleyball uniforms,? Jennifer VandenHoek, ?06, said. ?The shorts are really tight and distract the players so that they do not want to play. Sometimes the uniforms don?t seem to be in dress code.?

The price of uniforms affects the outlook of some athletes as well.

?Our tennis uniforms are really nice, but really expensive,? George said. ?But, it is worth it in the end, because they are such good quality.?

Just as students will always have different opinions about uniform issues, sports will continue their debate about uniform modesty.

For more information about the school dress code, consult the student handbook at or contact the high school office at 299-1695.